1968 Police Morris Minor

Let us all know what you are up to with your current restoration project. Get that Minor on the road!

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby GavinL » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:16 pm

must be great to be getting your project moving forward, it would be good to see some progress photos, i find looking at other peoples progress photos gives me the stimulus and confidence to get on with mine :) .

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:31 pm

Yes Its good to finally be getting somewhere after being ripped off last time with someone who said they could weld, they had my car for over a year and 2k and panels to fix both doors, boot and floor and only did 3/4 floor and one door and part of the boot, after taking back the car Its now with Chertsey Morris Minors who are having to undo what’s been done and start again.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:08 am

Had a call from Cherstey Morris Minors today to say the welding now all done, so now need to work out which Police colour to spray It.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby ManyMinors » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 pm

That is great news! You must be very pleased after such poor treatment before.
Were all the Panda cars not finished in Bermuda Blue?

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:06 pm

ManyMinors wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 pm
That is great news! You must be very pleased after such poor treatment before.
Were all the Panda cars not finished in Bermuda Blue?
Yes but I need to work out If mine was 2 white doors and half roof or just the doors.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby ManyMinors » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:16 pm

Ah, I see. I think that depended on which Police Force owned it to begin with. If you can find that out, the Force concerned might have some old records? photos even?
If you can't find out, then just do the doors for now as it'll save a few ££!
Do you still have the zip in the headlining?
As I said before, I reckon the red seats/interior is probably original to your car despite it looking a little odd. Have you tried to obtain a Heritage Certificate from Gaydon? That might give you more detail.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:47 pm

ManyMinors wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:16 pm
Ah, I see. I think that depended on which Police Force owned it to begin with. If you can find that out, the Force concerned might have some old records? photos even?
If you can't find out, then just do the doors for now as it'll save a few ££!
Do you still have the zip in the headlining?
As I said before, I reckon the red seats/interior is probably original to your car despite it looking a little odd. Have you tried to obtain a Heritage Certificate from Gaydon? That might give you more detail.
Yes I got a Certicate for It and It seems It went to East Suffolk but on speaking to them they cant shed any light on them having any, Does have a zip lining In room which Is broke.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby geoberni » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:53 pm

cplnobbie wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:06 pm
ManyMinors wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:55 pm
That is great news! You must be very pleased after such poor treatment before.
Were all the Panda cars not finished in Bermuda Blue?
Yes but I need to work out If mine was 2 white doors and half roof or just the doors.
This article might be of interest.... No indication as to if the owner has got the right colour scheme of course.
https://www.hertsinsurance.com/blog/197 ... -car-sale/
If I read it correctly, the BJ is an Ipswich Registration.
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby palacebear » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:38 am

Does this help? Ipswich 1968. Despite being a B&W picture you can make out white doors and white forward roof section.
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby myoldjalopy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:53 am

What a fantastic photograph! Seems like another world........

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby Murrayminor » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:09 am

myoldjalopy wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:53 am
What a fantastic photograph! Seems like another world........
I had the very same conversation with my Sgt this morning, I have only been in the force for 24 years but when I joined there was no internet and we had to "parade on with our accompaniments" which were basically everything we would carry with us during a tour of duty including the ever present PNB (Pocket Note Book) which was signed by our Sgt or Inspector every time they looked at it, and boy did it have to be up to date on parade.

I'm about to undertake a similar project and have gotten to the point of stripping the interior out.

I digress, I'm glad another Morris Minor is being saved, keep us informed.
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby Murrayminor » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:13 am

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On a similar theme, has anyone seen this police livery?
This shot was of the Stockport Police back in the late 50's, I wondered of the cars were destined for use at Ringway Airport, now Manchester International Airport.
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby myoldjalopy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:33 am

I've heard of 'Panda cars'.......but......... 'Zebra cars'?? :wink:

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby geoberni » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:05 pm

Murrayminor wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:13 am

This shot was of the Stockport Police back in the late 50's, I wondered of the cars were destined for use at Ringway Airport, now Manchester International Airport.
Interesting theory, I doubt it, but anything is possible as it was a time of experimentation. The reason I doubt it is the markings are not particularly bold and nothing really shows from the side. These are more of a 'rear view mirror' marking. :wink:
Even back in the 50s, airfield paint schemes would be bold to spot at a distance. For example this RAF Crew Bus is typical of what the RAF did, just paint the top of their regular blue fleet :wink:
http://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/57/115/large_000000.jpg

Edited to add....
I've just found that Corgi did a special edition set featuring those cars. http://www.chezbois.com/corgi/modern_co ... _61551.htm
According to the Corgi models, they also bore a roof sign "POLICE COURTESY PATROL" the model set features the car on the far right of the photo WDB 634... :lol:
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby firedrake1942 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:19 pm

There is a specialist register for these and they may able to assist re livery. Almost every force was different and many (most) had no roof lights and very few had blue lights

http://www.expolice.mmoc.org.uk

Murray Minor, I was some (many) years ahead of you and in the MPS but was it not 'appointments?' rather than 'accompaniments'?

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:11 pm

palacebear wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:38 am
Does this help? Ipswich 1968. Despite being a B&W picture you can make out white doors and white forward roof section.image.jpg
Could Ideally do with a picture with my registration or part of It to prove.

Thanks Anyway

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby cplnobbie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:15 pm

firedrake1942 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:19 pm
There is a specialist register for these and they may able to assist re livery. Almost every force was different and many (most) had no roof lights and very few had blue lights

http://www.expolice.mmoc.org.uk

Murray Minor, I was some (many) years ahead of you and in the MPS but was it not 'appointments?' rather than 'accompaniments'?
Ive sent them a email asking for any Information but I’m sure Ive asked them before.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby firedrake1942 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:27 pm

It might also be worth trawling East Sussex town's facebook photos for the period. In my meanderings round FB I have seen quite a few police Minors.

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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby burnham28 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:40 pm

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This is my ex met Panda painted Burmuda Blue and Police white which is correct. I know this as this is the actual car that I drove brand new out of Surbiton Police Station yard in April 1968. I also have the Heritage certificate giving the build date, the delivery date to the Metropolitan police what Police white was I've no idea. I think all pandas were painted Bermuda blue but different forces painted the doors and roof white.
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Re: 1968 Police Morris Minor

Postby geoberni » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:00 pm

burnham28
Interesting that you have given it a red cheat stripe. I don't recall seeing that in my youth, nor on any Minor Pandas since....
is that how the Met had theirs?
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